South Africa

Askari WCP

I spent 4 weeks at Askari and it was not enough, I needed more. I didn’t study anything related to wildlife conservation but I’ve always been interested in it so I decided to do this programme for 4 weeks. During my stay in SA I only stayed at Askari, no beaches, no Cape Town, but I would do it again. It was amazing! In the orientation week I’ve learnt a lot about conservation, animal management and then we put that all into practice. You really feel you are helping and doing a lot for maintaining the correct habitat for the animals. Katie an Ed are wonderful people, with them around you always feel good and they will answer all your questions. It really feels like a family. Living at the bush for 4 weeks was amazing. In the middle of the reserve, surrounded by wild animals. It was an awesome experience. I’m coming home with much more knowledge about wilderness and I want to learn more and more. I hope to see you again Katie and Ed, You truly are special people, Thank you!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Dec 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

If there is a small quote which describes my stay in Askari that would be “Volunesia – The moment you forget you’re volunteering to help change lives, because it’s changing yours”. During my stay in Askari I learned a lot of things. Not only about the bush but about people. Askari gave me the opportunity to appreciate the values of respect, hard work and friendship. Specially working for the animals reminds you how small you are and that you have to stay humble. Spending a month in Askari gives you more as a person than the work you can give to the reserve. Working hard is always paid with awesome sightings and great sunsets. If anyone has the opportunity to volunteer in Askari I would totally recommend it. I really look forward to volunteer again.

Program:
Location: South Africa
Posted: Nov 29, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

Feeling like home is the best way to describe my stay at Askari. Askari, it’s been a pleasure to be part of your family. I will always remember all the experiences, the new knowledge and the people in Askari. I never experienced such a high level of happiness before for such a long period of time. My seven weeks here have been amazing. Every morning you wake up not knowing what’s going to happen, but knowing it’s going to be an unforgettable day. We had the opportunity to experience incredible sightings with the team. I learned more than I ever imagined: tracking animals, birding and capturing amazing pictures. Askari, thank you for everything. I will never forget you!

"Take only memories, leave only footprints..."

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Nov 28, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

Feeling like home is the best way to describe my stay at Askari. Askari, it’s been a pleasure to be part of your family. I will always remember all the experiences, the new knowledge and the people in Askari. I never experienced such a high level of happiness before for such a long period of time. My seven weeks here have been amazing. Every morning you wake up not knowing what’s going to happen, but knowing it’s going to be an unforgettable day. We had the opportunity to experience incredible sightings with the team. I learned more than I ever imagined: tracking animals, birding and capturing amazing pictures. Askari, thank you for everything. I will never forget you!

"Take only memories, leave only footprints..."

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Nov 28, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

I went for a month to Pidwa Wilderness Reserve (the place of the Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme) last summer (August-September 2017) : it was truly the best experience of all my life. I really fell in love with the peaceful bush life...
If you love nature and animals and want to contribute to simplest and purest things in life, then just go !
Firstly, South Africa is such a beautiful country and people there are very nice.
Now more about the place itself : absolutely stunning ! It is more than cosy, Katie and Ed are such incredible people, passionate about their jobs and are such amazing teachers ! Besides, you will meet volunteers who share your passion from all over the world and this is really rewarding !
Just some advice : don't hesitate anymore, you will remember this place, this people and this whole experience forever... No words strong enough to describe it but again a huge thank you to both of you Ed and Katie, I'll never ever forget Askari...

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Nov 28, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Voluntering with IVHQ in Table View, South Africa was a life-changing experience. The organizing team is very helpful and friendly. Both volunteers and local children seemed very happy to be taking part of all the activities. Very recommendable!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Nov 23, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
7
Value:
8

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This summer, my daughter travelled for the first time by herself, and she went all the way to South Africa with GLA. Leading up to my daughter's departure, GLA was extremely supportive and helpful. I loved that you could book your own flights (as opposed to being forced to go to JFK or Ontario first) because I'm in a mileage program. Even then, they helped me book the flight that worked the best. During the trip, I waited each and every day to look at the program blog. It was so wonderful seeing my daughter step out of her comfort zone with a smile on her face. Right when she came back home she immediately told me about the millions of plans she had to return to South Africa or go on another GLA trip. I'm happy to say I'm planning to let her go on one again :) !

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Nov 12, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I had a great experience volunteering abroad with Projects Abroad! The appeal behind Projects Abroad was that you can get a valuable experience volunteering abroad. I liked how you could pick your own dates and they were super flexible when you could start and stop. Doing Projects Abroad was a great way for me to get legal experience after taking the bar exam and waiting for the results.

My host family was amazing. They made sure I was well fed, felt comfortable and safe at all times. I really enjoyed my dinner conversations with my host family. They made great food and it was a great way to learn about their culture in South Africa and a good way to unwind and learn about each other after a full day of volunteering.

The had a great experience with my placement at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office. The Human Rights Office does great work by helping indigent clients from local townships and communities who ordinarily can't afford to pay for a lawyer. I handled a high case load full of property, family, consumer, and employment cases. At times it was challenging to a handle lots of cases, but I thought this was a good learning experience that I can apply to my career.

Cape Town was an amazing place! I did lots of neat things in Cape Town and the surrounding areas from several hikes on Table Mountain, Peninsula Tour, Wine Tour, Scuba Diving, Shark Cage Diving, visiting museums, and after the project I went on a 4 day safari at Kruger National Park.

I had a great experience and would do another project with Projects Abroad!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Oct 26, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My trip to South Africa has been the most pivotal moment of my life thus far. Especially within this specific program, you tackle issues that most other travel organizations do not. I was able to work directly with a small business owner, and the whole GLA group was able to help foster entrepreneurship in a country with about a 25% unemployment rate. South Africa is a beautiful country, with stunning views (and penguins! and ostriches!) and vibrant cities. If many are hesitant to travel afar, South Africa is a great choice. Everyone is welcoming and helpful (and speaks English). When I left, I cried my eyes out. I plan on returning as soon as possible, and hopefully studying there during University.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Oct 13, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

It was a special honour to be able to experience Askari even if only for a brief slice of time. Two weeks isn’t long enough….
The thing that stands out most, aside from seeing some of the coolest creatures I have seen in my life, is the people: passionate and knowledgeable staff/guides and volunteers from all over the world who have come for the same reason – to experience the South African bush but more than that, to contribute to the restoration and conservation of it. That is what sets Askari apart from anything else I have done. That is what gives travel here a deeper significance. And the fact that we have over 17,000 hectares of wild space to ourselves is the best! There are no tourist crowds. No other game viewers full of people driving the same roads, blocking views…It is just us (whilst we are here) to appreciate, enjoy and help conserve. Wide open natural spaces full of serene beauty and magnificent creatures from the tiny termites with their monstrous mounds to the majestic lions and everything in between. And the deep red sunsets and sunrises are pretty spectacular too.
I love that anything can happen at any time and indeed it often does! You have to be ready and prepared or else you’ll miss it. Hope I can return someday…

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Jul 11, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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